Reports Shows Over a Third of Purchased Steam Games Haven't Been Played

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noobstix

I haven't played a Steam game in months. The last paid Steam game I played from my library was Saints Row IV. I've been trying out some of the recent F2P games but have stopped in a matter of days or minutes. As far as games that I never touched, I would say that Bloody Good Time fits that description. I think I only played a total of 10 minutes (according to Steam) since the gameplay mechanics were god-awful for an FPS. Also, I'm probably one of the few who "under-buys" Steam games. With the way developers release DLC one at a time and then a year or so later, they release a compilation pack, I'm waiting to see if something like that would appear for SR4 and/or BL2.

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neo1piv14

The majority of my unplayed library is due to Humble Bundles. I paid $15 for State of Decay plus like 6 other games, but I really only wanted State of Decay (was still $20 alone). Same thing happened when Bastion was part of the Humble Bundle. I've got tons of games I never even intended to play just because it was cheaper to get all of them instead of getting one game on its own.

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Volleynova

I only buy games I know I'll play all the way through, though lately even I will admit the Steam sales of $2.49, $5.49, etc, for games that were months earlier $59.99, gets me to buy them even if I might not play them till years later.

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Obsidian

I am adding at least 40 maybe even 50% of that stat for everyone. Sometimes I fall prone to the amazing deals, but I might argue that more often than not, I buy one of those 'indi bundles' or a publisher or developer bundle of some sort and end up playing the one or two games I want ... then not even installing the other 4 to 12 titles.

Who wants to play Flatout, when Flatout 3 is so much better? For some absurd price 1, 2 and 3 came in an bundle.

Due to bundles like this I own two copies of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, non-giftable. Oh well, price was so good that I just purchased the bundle to get Liberty City. And then you guessed it, I didn't even boot up Liberty City.

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and the whole line of 6 or more of those games, I played one of them, but the price for that one was more expensive normally than the entire collection during a super sale.

Steam is brilliant and I support them for their efforts.

Video games are like art and I'd like to see them stay strong. I don't always have time to appreciate the work but I have good intentions most of the time. Just not a good amount of free time.

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devin3627

this is why piracy exists. people want to try a game. when forced to buy something they are not sure they want or like, they are stuck with the price tag. like buying a pair of shoes that dont fit with no refund.

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acidic

that is exactly why I don't pay over $12.50 for any game. got tired of buying games at release then going on sale for 75% off with 2-3 months.

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LatiosXT

Well, playing them is one thing...

But how many games in your Steam library did you actually beat?

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beatyas

Yep!

Absolutely true! I see a deal and grab it if it seems like a "cool, I might play that" title.

Then there's work and family. No time. And just one game (my flying drug) that I'm addicted to.

ME = GUILTY!

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Damnlogin

+1
You took the words straight out of my mouth.

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vrmlbasic

I'm in these statistics too.

Though the fact that these statistics exist and are openly available furthers the case against Steam.

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HellzHavoc

Lol, I have over 1.5TB of games on my SSD I haven't even launched yet.

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limitbreaker

What a waste of precious ssd space, you need to trow non favorite games on a regular 7.2k rpm drive.

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Renegade Knight

300+ games. I've played a couple dozen. What to play next? All bought on Steam sales? It's a nice problem to have.

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Carlidan

Sad to say i'm part of those statistics. :(

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I'm probably more toward the 90% mark, myself. I think I have 135 or so, but have played less than ten.

I'll get to them, I promise!

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Jonnycal13

Probably more like 90% not played for me! I have WAY too many

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John Pombrio

But those Steam Sales! The games and those bundles are so cheap!

I am worse than most with a good 75% not played. Fortunately, my sons can now play my games with family sharing.

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Carlidan

Meh, I usually buy my games on Humble Bundle site. It's waay cheaper than Steams sales and get more games. Bang for the buck deals.

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Marks360

I'm guilty. Yes, I buy the games I think I'm going to play. Mainly, because they are on sale. Usually 60 dollar titles that I wanted to play when they released but didn't want to spend 60 at the time. I have consoles at home as well. So I kind of limit my purchases on Steam to single player titles and play the multiplayer titles on console.

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jbitzer

I have a ton that I don't play, but I figure I get my money's worth. For example, I've bought bundles of games for $15 and gotten a few hours entertainment out of them, you can't beat that. Also for a few bucks I'll buy a game and find out I like something else better, so it goes on the back burner, but I've still gotten my money's worth.

And sometimes, I buy a game on PC cheap that I own on another platform in case I want to play it on my laptop.

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jason2393

A lot of my Steam library is from Humble Bundles, of which I'm only interested in 1 or 2 games out of 5.
(Played 13 games more than an hour, 2 games less than an hour, 12 not at all)

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slagz

I am in that crowd as well. Between GOG, Steam and Gamefly Digital, since the holidays, I got:
Fallout 1&2 and Crysis for free.
Half-life 1&2 bundle for $3.
Borderlands 1(GOTY)&2, Bioshock 2, and XCOM: Enemy Unknown bundled for $22.
The Witcher 1&2 (both enhanced)bundle for $7.
Alan Wake and Mass Effect 2 for $5 each.
I missed Just Cause 1&2 for $1.75 each. So you can see how easy it is to fall down the rabbit hole. I feed my PS3 with Gamefly so it takes me a bit longer to clear out my PC back catalog.

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dorkish

but the great thing about steam is you can download and uninstall it as many times as you want so there is no pressure to play it :)

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The Mac

Which pretty much is at the root of the issue.

Ohhhh.....$2.99? sold. Ill play it eventually.

or

Ohhhhh.....$49.99 for the whole franchise? sold. Ill play 1, 2 and 3 eventaully, but i really want 4.

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acidic

i have a feeling that if they counted only games that the number would be much lower. im not sure if they did that or not. i hate how the multiplayer portion of a game shows up as a seperate entity and the same with some mods/dlc.

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Ninjawithagun

Good point!

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don2041

It's a case of gamers biting off more than they can chew. Also many of the games played less than an hour may not have been worth playing any further.

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codo

I fall perfectly into these statistics.

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Ninjawithagun

OMG! My friend and I were just talking about this very thing. We both have over 60 games in our inventories, but have only played about ten of them. This article is spot on. Part of the reason why I just don't buy as many games anymore, regardless if they are on sale or not. There is just isn't enough time to play them all...at least for those of us that have real jobs. Rich people (i.e. lotto winners and trust fund babies) need not worry.

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The Mac

shocker...

more like 50% of my library hasnt been played.

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Paul_Lilly

I'm right there with you. It's rather brilliant on Steam's part.